Due to constant assaults on their posters, the Democratic Alliance has announced a cash reward of R 50 000 for information on poster defacement, removal or interference, when such information leads to successful prosecution of the offender.
“Many of our posters, across the province, are being removed by criminal elements,” said DA Provincial chairperson Andrew Whitfield.
“Last month we were informed of an EFF activist allegedly removing our posters and burning them.
He was later arrested and appeared in court. It is a criminal offence to interfere with a party’s election posters in any way.
The Independent Electoral Commission has made it clear that, according to the electoral code of conduct, defacing political posters is one of the most serious offences,” said Whitfield.
If any person is found guilty of committing such crimes the perpetrators can face a fine or imprisonment of up to 10 years.
“Tips and evidence of poster interference can be sent to [email protected] – these may be sent anonymously and are best prosecutable when photos or videos are sent too,” concluded Whitfield.
The 2019 National and Provincial election takes place on 8 May and the DA is campaigning on an offering to the electorate by by fighting corruption, establishing an honest and professional police service, creating fair access to jobs, securing our borders and speeding up basic service delivery.